Reg Presley – the Troggs

Feb 2013 Reg Presley – the Troggs

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Join me in remembering the great singer and songwriter and performer who gave us the first taste of a different slant on rock and roll.

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Mike Pender – no longer searching

Feb 2013 Mike Pender – no longer searching

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Mike Pender talks to David Parker about life in general – and in the fast lane, in particular.

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Goin’ back

Feb 2013 Goin’ back

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I’ve always been interested in the early careers of various artists. As with many names, later success often brings recordings from their early days out of the woodwork, much to their chagrin.

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‘Wild man’ Reg, colourful and lovable

Feb 2013 ‘Wild man’ Reg, colourful and lovable

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Readers of The Beat would definitely join me in remembering the great singer and songwriter and performer who gave us the first taste of a different slant on rock and roll.

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I did my homework and things worked out for me and my family…

Feb 2013 I did my homework and things worked out for me and my family…

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Mike Pender talks to David Parker about life in general – and in the fast lane, in particular

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Recipe for success – handcrafted

Feb 2013 Recipe for success – handcrafted

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[private]   In the words of the old song: ‘Take a pinch of white man’, add a mixture of Johnny Cash,  a track or two of Gene Vincent, stir with a gloved hand and a sample of black clothes, tip in a spot of Rhythm & Blues music  – and what have you got? The man known as the glove also has a touch of Bo Diddley and Stan...

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Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

Jan 2013 Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

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Bryan Ferry is to embark on an ambitious, big production tour this year featuring not only his usual band but also The Bryan Ferry Orchestra with whom he has just released the album ‘The Jazz Age’.

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Goin’ back

Jan 2013 Goin’ back

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Following on from last month’s ramble, and not wanting to appear sexist, there were also a number of girl duos and trios who had varying degrees of success ranging from being household names down to vague recollections.

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War of the Worlds

Jan 2013 War of the Worlds

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The live version of Jeff Wayne’s magnum opus has been pulling the crowds in since 2006, and following the release of a new version of the epic tale of a Martian invasion of the earth, a new realisation on the live stage just couldn’t live up to the original.

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Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

Jan 2013 Silence is not always golden – Colin Blunstone

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It is every singer’s worst nightmare, and it is even more devastating when it comes in the middle of a tour – losing your voice.

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Rockin’ Americans in 50s Britain

Jan 2013 Rockin’ Americans in 50s Britain

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For 1950s American rockers, the combination of language and market size made Britain the preferred offshore destination. But not all experiences were completely successful.

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The Beatles battle Cliff – where’s Elvis?

Jan 2013 The Beatles battle Cliff – where’s Elvis?

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From the media – being what it is – we can expect umpteen Beatle commemorations in 2013, all noting the 50th anniversary of this or that early milestone.

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Fabian: big – but not in Britain

Jan 2013 Fabian: big – but not in Britain

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Back in the 50s and 60s, most American pop stars made at least a bit of a splash in Britain. Some, like Ricky Nelson, didn’t do it on the same scale as in their homeland. And others, such as Buddy Holly and Gene Pitney, were actually bigger in Britain.

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Full circle for Peter after great 50 years

Jan 2013 Full circle for Peter  after great 50 years

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What is Peter doing now?

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